Bradford Haami was born in Rotorua and was educated at St Joseph’s Convent and Trident High School in Whakatane, and at Southport State High School in the Gold Coast, Queensland. Returning to New Zealand, Haami completed a journalism course at Waiariki Polytech in Rotorua before working for seven years on TVNZ’s Koha, Marae, Waka Hsuia, Māori Sports Awards and Mai Time as researcher, reporter and director. From 1996-98 Haami was a recipient of an Internal Affairs Māori Historical Writers’ Fellowship. He wrote a history of Māori and their adaption to literacy 1845-1978 entitled Putea Whakairo, which was eventually published in 2004. From 1998-99 he held the position of Māori cultural advisor/co-concept developer and writer for the Māori Natural History Gallery of Auckland Museum. In 1998 he was senior researcher for a three-volume publication project still in progress entitled "A New Book of Māori Myths and Legends," in conjunction with Witi Ihimaera and Penguin Publishers. He researched, wrote and produced a historical CD "He Waiata Onamata", which won a New Zealand Music Award in 1998. A series of 16 English language and 4 half-hour Māori language documentaries were produced from the CD, created for Radio Zealand’s Whenua series on ancient Māori song.
Haami has been a script consultant and editor to many TV and movie scripts with Māori content, including Shortland Street, Mercy Peak, Kaitangata Twitch, Matariki, and Rena Owen project Behind the Tattooed Face, as well as co-productions Tracker and telemovie The Man Who Lost His Head.
Based in Waitakere, Haami is a researcher and university lecturer in Māori studies. He has written extensively about Māori history and culture with a string of books, articles and papers to his credit. These include the biography of ex-Mongrel boss Mob boss Tuhoe Isaac, True Red (who acted in 2010 short film Day Trip).
In May 2010, Haami was selected for the first Māori residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre, writing a book on the whale traditions of the Māori people. He also lectures on the subject of Māori storytelling in film.
"Haami is co-director of Tauihu Media (alongside veteran producer Tui Ruwhiu). The multimedia company was responsible for the Tauihu Shorts project. Haami, Ruwhiu and writer/director Poata Eruera (Mananui) made up the Tauihu Shorts team, responsible for executive producing four short films for the NZ Film Commission's 'Premiere' short filmmaking scheme in 2011/12.
Previously Haami was a co-director with Ngamaru Raerino of Purakau Productions — a Māori storytelling consultancy — and with Pio Terei of production company 4 Winds Films Limited."
- Phone conversation and correspondence with Bradford Haami, 7 Sept 1998, 6 May and 16 and 17 June 2005.
https://www.nzonscreen.com/person/bradford-haami/biography 6 September 2016